Fat In Your Diet
Hidden Fat In Your Diet
In order to eliminate the dangerous fat in your diet, you first need to understand the various types of fat and how these can help or adversely affect your health.
Some fat in the diet is beneficial, but when you want to eliminate fat from the diet, it can seem to be hidden everywhere. Omega 3 fatty acid is the good fat you want. Omega 3’s are found in wild salmon, anchovies, sardines, mackerel and tuna just to name a few. This is the good oil, Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential to brain development and overall good health. The fish just mentioned is an important component of improving your diet. Trans-fat is the one you want to do away with in your diet.
Will Trans-Fat Problems Ever End?
In the U.S. most people are encouraged by the Food and Drug Administration banning the use of trans-fat oils in manufactured foods. Companies that have used these in their processes have been given a few years to make a change to not use this type of oil. The problem is that the issue with the Trans-fats keeps cropping up.
Why is Trans-Fat the Most Dangerous Type of Fat?
Trans-fats have been shown to increase bad cholesterol or LDL, and lower good cholesterol (HDL). Trans-fat isn’t naturally found in foods in the way other fats are, as it is created when hydrogen is added to a liquid oil molecule. This turns the liquid into a solid that easily transported. The process is cheaper than extracting oils from natural food and one of the reasons for its popularity in the food manufacturing industry.
Checking the Label Doesn’t Help
While waiting for the time to lapse and the law to go into effect, eliminating trans-fat, many Americans are carefully reading labels looking for the 0% Trans-fat offered. This might not be enough to keep this compound out of your diet. In reality, those companies that produce foods containing less 0.5 grams of trans-fat can round the number down to zero. This leaves the consumer getting 0.4 grams of this type of fat per serving, believing they are eating no trans-fat at all.
Where Is Saturated Fat Lurking?
The other type of fat you want to avoid is saturated fat. This is a natural fat, but like trans-fat, it’s difficult for the body to digest, and can clog the arteries. This fat can lurk in places such as movie popcorn, packaged meals with added sauces, real butter, or oil, and in the skin of chicken. It can also be found in some salad dressings, highly marbled meats such as beef or lamb.
Getting More Than You Bargained For
When you eat out, or eat processed foods you often are getting more than you thought you would in fats because of the portions offered. Look at the plate carefully in a restaurant, and if you are getting the giant size, ask for a takeout box rather than eating a giant serving of fat you don’t want. Read food labels and watch the fat in your diet.